2010 Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067250 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 91+ points. A very classic wine for patient connoisseurs, Sociando Mallet makes no compromises and continues to produce one of the finest wines among non-classified estates in Haut-Medoc. Dense purple to the rim, the opaque purple-colored 2010 offers up notes of graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a hint of cassis, some licorice and wet rocks. Deep, full-bodied and almost excruciatingly tannic, this full-throttle, balls-to-the-wall style of wine needs at least 8-10 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades or more.  (2/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very cedary, lightly herbaceous on nose and palate. A very leafy style but not lean or light. Refreshing classic claret. Tannins are tight and dry, grainy. Long too. 17/20 points.  (4/ 2012)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/14/2013  | Send Email
* Spicy anise on the classy nose. Big and tannic on the back end.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/14/2013  | Send Email
Cassis and spice on the nose with plenty of fruit and structure on the finish.

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